Reliance Entertainment has elevated Amit Khanduja as the new CEO of Reliance Games, effective June 1, 2015, the company said on Thursday. He would take over from Manish Agarwal who is stepping down after over three years at the helm of affairs and four years at the company.
Khanduja, who has been with the firm since 2008, previously held executive positions with Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard and other companies. He has been executive vice president- global head for Reliance Entertainment (Digital) since April 2011.
Amitabh Jhunjhunwala, group managing director of Reliance Group, said: "Amit is a proven leader, and has built a strong foundation for innovation and growth. I am confident that under his leadership, we will chart a promising new phase of success in the global mobile and digital gaming space."
Reliance Games is a leading publisher and developer of mobile games with properties such as Real Steel, Real Steel World Robot Boxing, Pacific Rim and others. The company said that Khanduja has been at the forefront of Reliance Games' evolution into a global mobile gaming publisher, launching titles in association with top Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks Studios and Legendary Pictures.
It is not clear if Agarwal, who initially joined as COO of the firm, is joining another competitor or starting his own venture.
On Wednesday, NDTV reported citing sources that Manish Agarwal may join rival mobile entertainment company Nazara Technologies. However, this could not be independently verified. As reported by Techcircle.in, Nazara is in talks for a large funding round.